Admissions Requirements

Candidates for the bachelor's degrees must demonstrate basic proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics, as required by University policy as stated below.

Applicants should have a minimum of 24 earned credits from a regionally accredited institution and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better to qualify for admission. No more than 90 credits will be transferable to the 120-credit degree program. All University policies regarding skills and proficiency testing, grading, transfer credit, and degree completion will apply, as outlined below. A team of transfer-credit evaluation specialists will carefully review each student's transcript.

How do skills requirements affect transfer admission to CUNY SPS?

All students admitted to degree candidacy in The City University of New York must satisfy the reading, writing and mathematics basic skills requirements. Any person who passed a Freshman Composition Course or higher with a grade of “C” or better meets this requirement. Likewise, anyone who earned a “C” or better in a three-credit college mathematics course meets the mathematics requirement. Please read below for further detail.

Transfer Students from outside CUNY

  • Students with a 3 credit college-level English course with a grade of 'C' or better from an accredited college or university are considered proficient in reading and writing.
  • Students with a 3 credit college-level math course with a grade of 'C' or better from an accredited college or university are considered proficient in math at all colleges.

Transfers from a CUNY college

  • All students who wish to transfer from a CUNY associate program to a CUNY bachelor's program must meet the college's proficiency requirement in reading, writing, and mathematics to be admitted:
  • Students with a 3 credit college-level English course with a grade of 'C' or better from a CUNY college are considered proficient in reading and writing.
  • Students who have successfully completed Elementary Algebra or a 3 credit college-level math course at a CUNY college are considered proficient in math.

Other ways to meet the CUNY skills requirements

You can also demonstrate that you meet the University's skills proficiency requirements based on your SAT, ACT, or NY State Regents test scores. Please see below for further detail:

Reading and Writing

Students are considered proficient in reading and writing if they can document any one of the following:

  • SAT I verbal score of 480 or higher or Critical Reading score of 480 or higher
  • ACT English score of 20 or higher
  • N.Y. State English Regents score of 75 or higher
  • CUNY Assessment Tests:
    • Reading Test score of 70 or higher and Writing Test score of 56 or higher.

Mathematics

Students are considered proficient in mathematics if they can document any one of the following:

  • SAT Math score of 500 or higher
  • ACT Math score of 21 or higher
  • N.Y. State Regents:
    • Score of 70 or higher in Algebra I (Common Core) AND successful completion of the Algebra 2/Trigonometry or higher-level course.
    • Score of 80 or higher in Integrated Algebra, Geometry, or Algebra 2/Trigonometry AND successful completion of the Algebra 2/Trigonometry or higher-level course.
    • Score of 75 or higher in one of the following:
      • Math A or Math B
      • Sequential II or Sequential III
  • CUNY Assessment Tests:
    • Numerical skills/prealgebra (Math 1) score of 45 or higher
    • Algebra (Math 2) score of 40 or higher

Additional Information

More detailed information about CUNY Skills Requirements may be found on CUNY's Testing FAQ page